VYCC’s Response to COVID-19 and Updates

The health and safety of the VYCC community are our top priorities. We are an organization that prides itself on our ability to offer profound learning and work experiences for young adults. Central to running successful programs is the ability to manage and mitigate risk.

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Season Recap of Conservation Program

Eighteen young adults arrived at VYCC in June to join summer crews. Twelve continued on fall crews to meet education and employment goals; others joined who put their college education on hold or had completed school and were looking for work. Their service to Vermont is worth celebrating! Read on for a summary of their accomplishments.

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Season Recap of Food & Farm Program

The Food and Farm Program at VYCC is a place to work, a place to learn and grow, and a place to gather. Neither rain nor snow nor pandemic will prevent this community of caring and passionate people from growing food to share. Read on for highlights of the amazing people who have come together this season, and what they accomplished together.

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For Karli Robertson, VYCC Offers Alternative to Virtual Learning

Karli is working on a dual major in Sustainability and Drama, and saw the Parks Restoration Crew as an opportunity to gain skills for building theater sets. This fall, she stayed on to complete a session on a farm crew instead of returning to
school for a virtual semester.

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3SquaresVT, at a 50% Discount, Can be Used at the VYCC Farm Stand in Richmond

VYCC accepts 3SquaresVT benefits on all eligible products. And, 3SquaresVT customers can receive a 50% discount on produce, thanks to NOFA-VT’s Farm Stand Match Program.

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Alumna Sammy Levine Returns to VYCC as ShiftMeals Grow Team Manager

Sammy Levine has been back on the Farm at VYCC; not as a VYCC Corps Member, but as the Manager of ShiftMeals - a food security venture Skinny Pancake has launched in response to the pandemic. 

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VYCC Receives Accreditation for Excellence and VYCC Corps Member Bex Love Honored As Corps Member of the Year

The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) received top honors at the national Corps Network conference in February as a newly Accredited Corps and for having a Corps Member of the year in Bex Love.

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“If you can see it, you can be it.” VYCC Adds More Identity-Based Crews

In a rural state like Vermont, the power of a shared experience with peers of a similar identity is undeniable. These crews experience all the elements of a Youth Camping Crew, but are designed to provide a more powerful experience for those seeking one like this. 

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PRESS RELEASE: Local Businesses Stand with Vermonters Who Are Learning, Working, Making a Difference

Susie Walsh Daloz, the Food & Farm Program Director at VYCC, explained the importance of ongoing community support: “This program creates countless connections across our community. Young people learn, grow, and give back. Families struggling with food insecurity and diet-related health issues enjoy increased access to locally grown produce and poultry. Health care providers support their patients with a simple and effective approach to health and wellness. Many alumni of the program pursue careers in food justice, public health, and sustainable agriculture. And none of this happens without the generous support of businesses, foundations, and individuals who recognize the value of what we are building.”

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